Fifty-six percent of the students surveyed considered homework a primary source of stress, the study said.
Forty-three percent viewed tests as a primary stressor, while 33 percent said it was the pressure to get good grades.
Ideally, homework "should have a purpose and benefit, and it should be designed to cultivate learning and development. Busy work, by its very nature, discourages learning and instead promotes doing homework simply to get points." Mollie Galloway of Lewis and Clark College and Jerusha Conner of Villanova University co-authored the paper with Pope.
Pope is also the co-founder of Challenge Success, a research-based expansion of the Stressed-Out Students Project at Stanford University that develops curriculum, conferences and other programs for students, schools and parents.
My son had, until the end of the first grade year, been a skinny child.
By fourth grade, he was bordering on obese and had over three hours of homework per night, including Christmas vacation ( Christmas Day in second grade, spent at his grandparents' home, was ruined by the fact that he spent most of the day working on reports for school).Less than 1 percent said homework was not a cause of stress.In their open-ended answers, many students said their homework load led to sleep deprivation and other health problems, including headaches, exhaustion, weight loss and stomach problems.In the first district, he had so much homework by the first grade that he had no time for play time after school.By the time he finished his homework, it was dark outside. Then, because he did not do so well in first grade, the school district there required him to attend summer school, so his physical activity was cut into again by homework from summer school.I took him out of that district and put him in a private school for two years, which capped homework at one hour per night, and he lost the excess weight .He had more time to play with friends and joined Little League and Cub Scouts. Suddenly, my son was inundated with so much homework there was no more time for Little League, Cub Scouts, or friends."90 minutes to two-and-a-half hours is optimal for high school students." Then our middle and high schools are WAY off base, assigning excessive homework (which we all knew anyway).There is no way Paly and Gunn are going to bring it to this level, although would be fantastic.He reads a lot, and likes to learn on his own, but he is completely burned out on institutionalized learning, mostly due to PAUSD. One student will take 30 minutes to do an assignment while another takes 15 or another will take 60.My son will be the first kid in at least four generations NOT to earn a graduate degree. "Fifty-six percent of the students surveyed considered homework a primary source of stress, the study said. Some students fill 2 hours homework time doing review while others will only barely have time to do their assignments.